Australia Leads England by 475 Runs in Third Ashes Cricket TestBob Bensch
Australia leads England by 475 runs after declaring in its first innings on day two of the third Ashes cricket Test.
Captain Michael Clarke scored 187 to lead Australia to 527-7 at Old Trafford in Manchester. Mitchell Starc was 66 not out and Brad Haddin was on 65 when Clarke ended the innings and put England in to bat.
Peter Siddle dismissed Joe Root and night watchman Tim Bresnan as England was 52-2 at the close of play. Captain Alastair Cook is 36 not out with Jonathan Trott on two.
Australia resumed on 303-3 this morning and Clarke and Steven Smith added 40 runs to the total before Graeme Swann broke through after about an hour of play. Smith went for a big shot and was caught by Jonny Bairstow for 89 to end a 214-run partnership, the highest fourth-wicket total ever at Old Trafford.
David Warner then came in for Australia to boos from the home fans. Warner missed the first two Tests after serving a suspension for punching Root in a bar last month during the Champions Trophy tournament.
He lasted just 10 balls before his edge ricocheted off the leg of wicketkeeper Matt Prior and was easily caught by Trott. Warner called for video review, which confirmed his dismissal to the delight of the England fans.
Haddin received a reprieve when his under-edge was dropped by Prior, who could only get one hand to the ball as he dived to his left after initially moving the other way and the visitors would go to lunch on 392-5.
Clark fell 13 short of his double-century after the break when he was dismissed by Stuart Broad, who took his 200th Test wicket. Swann claimed his fifth wicket by bowling out Siddle to leave Australia 430-7. Haddin and Starc then teamed for a 97-run stand before Clarke declared.
Siddle then dismissed Root and Bresnan, both caught behind by wicketkeeper Haddin. Bresnan chatted briefly with Cook about reviewing before walking off and television replays showed he missed the ball, which hit his trousers.
England won the first two games of the five-Test series and would claim the Ashes for the third straight time with a draw or victory.